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The Tamer Fund for Social Ventures recently completed its seventh funding cycle and awarded seed grants to three Columbia University affiliated social ventures this fall. In addition to funding, these entrepreneurs also gain access to a wide variety of connections and resources available through the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School.
The Tamer Fund for Social Ventures is open to all early-stage Columbia University affiliated social and environmental ventures. Ventures must be led by Columbia University students, alumni, faculty or researchers, or be advised and have significant involvement by Columbia University faculty or researchers from any of Columbia University’s 20 schools.
The following Tamer Fund for Social Venture awardees were selected after participating in an application screening round, a due diligence process with student teams as part of a Columbia Business School course, and a final pitch to the fund’s Investment Board:
AdvanceH2O, co-founded by Dr. Halil Kurt and Dr. Kartik Chandran of the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at SEAS, develops next-generation monitoring and data informatics for water treatment, from the smallest individual systems to the largest utility-scale plants.
ALTRD, co-founded by Stephanie Estey, ’10BC, provides high-quality clothing alteration services while economically empowering immigrant and refugee women in NYC.
Re-Nuble, co-founded by Anisha Gupta, ’19EI, converts food waste into plant-based technologies to discover natural ways to make food more productive.
With the addition of the three new ventures, the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures portfolio has grown to 26 ventures. The founding teams of these ventures represent diverse schools across Columbia University including the School of International and Public Affairs, the Business School, the Law School, the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia College, Barnard College, the Earth Institute, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.
To learn more about the social ventures and their founders, please visit: www.gsb.columbia.edu/socialenterprise/socialventures/portfolio
More information about the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures and the online application is available at: www.gsb.columbia.edu/socialenterprise/socialventures/apply
Application Deadlines: August 15 and March 1, annually
About the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures
Established in 2015, the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to early-stage nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid social and environmental ventures. In addition to funding, the ventures gain access to a wide variety of resources and connections available through the Tamer Center for Social Enterprise. The Tamer Fund for Social Ventures was made possible by a generous donation by Tony and Sandra Tamer.